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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 12 June 2007
Total Production: 1
Also Known As: MRV
Origin: Netherlands
Corporations: Merwede Shipyard and Tenix*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Canterbury
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 12 June 2007
Total Production: 1
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Description: The HMNZS Canterbury is one of seven ships commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) under Project Protector awarded to Tenix (New Zealand) in April 2004. Canterbury is a Multi Role Vessel (MRV) based on a commercial RO-RO ship, Ben-My-Chree in operation in the Irish Sea, design. The ship is suitable for out of area operations, EEZ protection, law enforcement at sea, helicopter platform, Mine Counter-Measures (MCM), evacuation and disaster relief operations. It was build by Merwede Shipyard under a contract issued by Tenix and RNZN commissioned her on June 12, 2007.

The Combined Diesel and Diesel Electric (CODADE) propulsion system allows a top speed of 19.6 knots. The aft flight deck allows simultaneous operation of two NH90 or SH-2G helicopters or a single Chinook helicopter. The rear door/ramp allows rapid onload/offload of personnel, cargo and vehicles including two 59t class LCM landing crafts capable of carrying 50 tones at 9 knots with a range of 250 nautical miles (nm). The armament includes one 25mm naval gun and two .50 caliber machine guns.

Canterbury Specifications

Crew: 78
Number of Aircraft: 5
Troops: 288
Beam: 23.4 meter (77 foot)
Draft: 5.60 meter (18.4 foot)
Length: 131 meter (431 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 25 millimeter
Total Combined Power: 12,210 kW (16,367 hp)
Cruise Speed: 16 knot (8.22 mps)
Economical Speed: 8 knot
Top Speed: 19.6 knot (10.1 mps)
Full Displacement: 9,000 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 11
Auxiliary Vessels
Support Aircraft
CH-47D Chinookx1
NH90 TTHx4
SH-2G Super Seaspritex5

Canterbury Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
L421 HMNZS Canterbury-12 Jun 2007-

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